Year of Conversation, Start with a Day

Together with @ayearofconversation2019 (and their Creative Director Tom Pow) we have been awarded funding to organise events around ‘Culture of Encounter: Creative Community Conversations’.

Working with Scottish Book Trust, the University of St Andrews, the University of Glasgow and the University of the West of Scotland, our project will raise awareness of the value of reading to help us understand ourselves more and enhance connection with others.

Look out for details of events soon.

Meantime, why not take time out to talk this weekend.
Saturday 11 May 2019 is ‘A Day of Conversation’.
Find out what’s on and how to get involved:

Find out more:

A Year Of Conversation For Scotland

Scotland launches A Year of Conversation

Marketing on the Mile: Interning at Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity promoting books, reading and writing to the people of Scotland and I was thrilled to secure a two-week placement with their Marketing and Communications team. Hidden just off the Royal Mile, Scottish Book Trust operates from the heart of Edinburgh’s old town. Being there in August, the streets were flooded with crowds and activity but down Trunks Close, Scottish Book Trust drives on as normal, promoting their campaigns such as Bookbug, Read Write Count and Book Week Scotland.

I was looking to gain some experience with PR and communications within the arts industries and my placement certainly delivered. I worked with the team on contributing to the development of pro14139347_10210190387653231_271968437_omotional material. The Edinburgh Book Festival was in full swing and so the team were filming author interviews for their website. On my second day, I was entrusted with taking part in interviewing comedian and author, Susan Calman: a fantastic opportunity and my first experience of the press area in Charlotte Square. I also transcribed the interview videos of lots of brilliant authors, which has added lots of books to my ‘to read’ list. I took part in contacting bookshops about this year’s Book Week Scotland campaign, encouraging them to provide book recommendations.

Not only did I gain lots of industry knowledge and new skills at Scottish Book Trust, but also thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The whole team were absolutely lovely and couldn’t have been more welcoming. And yes, of course there was tea. And cake.

Find out more about the brilliant work of Scottish Book Trust here.

Operation Sheridan: Two Months in the Life of an Author

As a writer, I like to joke that I’ve come to this publishing program as a spy, getting all the secret intel I can use to get my novels out into the world. When it came to finding the right placement, however, it was difficult to find a fine middle ground between author and publisher. Luckily enough, the course provided me with the unique opportunity to intern for Sara Sheridan, author of the 1950s-set Mirabelle Bevan mystery series. So began two months of seeing what I may have to look forward to in my future.

I was welcomed into Sara’s lovely home … Continue reading “Operation Sheridan: Two Months in the Life of an Author”